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Immigration’s Fifteen Minutes: Why Now?
Posted by: Jon Henke on Thursday, May 18, 2006

I have an article up at TCS Daily on the immigration issue.



As you can probably tell, I disagree with Dale and McQ on the immmigration issue for a variety of reasons. The article covers the economic and cultural arguments, but primarily the security argument.
So why this, why now? Why has an army of restrictionists spontaneously arisen demanding more government when the previous immigration paradigm was, perhaps flawed, but not exactly destroying the country?
[...]
Apparently, we've reached a tipping point of sorts; a perfect storm of post-9/11 security concern, cultural angst, and labor protectionism. Unfortunately, the restrictionists appear to be far more interested in simply doing something than in effectively resolving those concerns. There are, in the end, solutions far more consistent with US values, national security and the free-market wariness of government.
Are we fighting a real problem or merely fighting ourselves?
With a political debate nearing hysteria, it's worth stopping to ask a few questions: is there really a problem? Are we actually addressing those concerns, or merely Doing Something to make ourselves feel better? And finally, is this something that more government can actually solve, or has government intervention helped to create the problem in the first place? Before we march off to a Border War, let's make sure we are conceptually clear on what, exactly, we want to fight about. Are we fighting a real problem or merely fighting ourselves?
 
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Members of Congress have shown us time and again that they are incapable of meaningful, focused action for the resolution of key issues in any ethical or intelligent way. You are well aware of the issues; immigration, energy, welfare, Social Security and Medicare, a tax system that is overly complicated and filled with inequities, and a budget that is grossly inflated with pork.

Immigration and naturalization issues are a good example of poor performance by Congress. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States, gives Congress and Congress alone, the power to establish the rules, laws, and procedures to straighten out immigration and naturalization issues. The laws that are on the books need to be enforced, and funding provided to support security of our country and its borders. It seems to me, and I think you will agree, that the will of the citizens of our country is fairly obvious, illegal marchers not withstanding. Yet all I see is vacillation, procrastination, and subterfuge in the political ways of our senators and representatives. No one seems willing to actually do something, anything—other than spend our money of course.

Very Respectfully, Tom Kubiak, Colonel, USAF (Retired)

 
Written By: Tom Kubiak, Colonel, USAF (Retired)
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There is precedent for this ... we cut off/severely curtailed Chinese immigration in the 19th century, due to mostly the same fears/concerns that are being raised today.

This wave of immigration is different, though, because it is not confined to a certain part of the U.S. The Chinese were largely in California, the Irish and Italians in the middle and northern Atlantic cities, the Germans in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Scandanavians in Minnesota and the Dakotas, Mexicans in Texas and California, Cubans in Florida, etc.

Now immigrants (legal or otherwise) are moving throughout the country, including the Mountain West and old South. More people who might have considered immigration California’s problem or New York’s problem are now thinking it is their problem. It’s a national issue in a way it never was before.

Still, I’m in agreement with you. None of the arguments for ending immigration stand up to reason, save one: the interests of the hundreds of thousands of potential immigrants waiting in visa lines around the world who would be unfairly hurt by an immediate, blanket amnesty to current illegals.

And since that’s not really an option at this point, that argument doesn’t have pre-eminence.

What is fascinating is that this issue splits the parties much more than the social issues. Republicans argue with Republicans, Democrats argue with Democrats, and libertarians continue to argue with everyone else. Do the Greens have anything to add to the debate?
 
Written By: Adam Sharp
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I think if we open small consular offices throughout Mexico and Latin America and charge slightly less than the coyotes, green cards could be a money maker for us. In addition with our very low unemployment, there are vitually no "Americans" left to take any job. In addition if we get more of the younger workers to migrate and settle...hmm maybe a small boost to keeping MY social security solvent for a little longer. The con is a major drain of the courageous and adventuress from Latin America to the US. Good for us, but bad in another way. It leaves no one to push those countries away from their corrupt governments and will breed a closer group of terroists.
 
Written By: Darryl
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I looked over the net, tring to find illegal migation trends, but this is a number that heavily biased that I trusted few estimates except the following:

After 9/11 the migration rates dropped as the economy went bad, and then as the economy picked up so did the migration rates. Right now illegal immigrants make up 20 percent of the work force and about 70-80% are from Mexico, depending upon who you talk to.

I think the word came up from the border states that the rate was rising fast, which I expect.

The economy in Mexico never completely recovered from the recession of 2001, and growth never exceeded 2% up to 2003. Productivity growth is likely dropping, mainly because educated Mexicans are taking jobs here and the government has severe structural problems.

The heavy state sector, cronyism have been hard things for Fox to eliminate.

So, Mexico, relative to the US has deteriorated, and this probably has kicked up the immigration problem, and the problem is likely to get worse.

The border states and governors pick up this poblem early and have been warning and bitching to Bush about it for some time.

The other effect we have is the expansion of government under Bush, and we all know the relative size of te federal government cannot go toward 25% without some substantial adjustment by the private sector. The best defense the private sector has against government expansion is immigration.

I think people sense that things are getting out of hand.



 
Written By: Matt
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You know, there will eventually be a split between the nativists and all the other people who support the fence but not for the "stopping the mexican hordes" rationale.

This should occur when the plan comes out that has a fence, but then allows in more legal immigrants.
 
Written By: Harun
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One word - Iraq
While a genuine concern, the timing diverts media attention from the growing unrest and US military deaths in Iraq.

The admin has already historically banned cameras at Dover. They’ll try anything to hide the truth.
 
Written By: Stomp Allen
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This is making BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) bi-partisan.
 
Written By: Neo
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Actually, I think the tipping point is not just over this issue. We saw signs over the Meirs nomination that the folks who had spent their money and time electing this current crop of useless GOP politicians had just about had enough. The other issues that were mentioned in the post (SS, Medicare, etc.) are all part of the same picture. These blowhards are not really working to solve anything. And people have been growing increasingly sick of it.

The other issues were more difficult to rally around, because there’s no obvious strategy that’s likely to be effective. But it’s clear that a wall will stop some percentage of illegal immigrants. It’s clear that catch-and-release is stupid beyond belief. And it’s clear that a nation split by language and culture has some serious potential problems. So, on this issue, the average guy in the street feels competent to express a judgement in opposition to anyone in DC, even the president.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Adam Sharp:

I believe you are exactly right. The reason for the uprorar is that you now have
substantial illegal populations in places like Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and other heartland locals. People see their neighborhoods change almost over-night,
and they’re asking themselves, what the heck is going on.
 
Written By: Radical Centrist
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You forget one thing - the welfare state. It isn’t just the jobs, but the cost of their medical care, educating their children, law enforcement, etc. and the increase in crime and gang activity.

And what happens when a horde of mostly uneducated people from a third world country start voting? They will elect the same kind of socialist leaders who made their own country into an economic basket case. At that point, the US will become Northern Mexico. Then those of us who believe in freedom and capitalism will have to find some other place to go.
 
Written By: tulipforme
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WHY THE PERFECT STORM?
1. GO TO FBI.GOV AND READ THE FIRST TWENTY FUGITIVE NAMES OUT LOUD.
2. SEARCH THE DET. DONNIE YOUNG MEMORIAL AND LOOK AT THE PIC OF HIS DAUGHTER
WHO LOST HER DENVER P.D. DADDY TO AN ILLEGAL WHO FLED TO MEXICO.

THOUGH THERE IS NO BURNING BUILDING TO SHOW, THERE ARE LOTS OF BLOODY STREET CORNERS AND PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO NOTICE. PUT THE NUMBERS SIDE BY SIDE, FORIGN TERRORISM V. CRIMES BY ILLEGALS AND THEY WILL BE LOPSIDED.
 
Written By: H. MILLS
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Boy, I just hate it when the caps lock key gets stuck...
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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